Spirit of Adventure Winner, Paul Gath

Fishing in the bay

Páramo is pleased to announce that Paul Gath has won the Spirit of Adventure award in David Noton’s f11 photography competition, sponsored by Páramo. Paul is now the proud owner of a Páramo Halcon jacket.

“I’m really pleased and honoured to win this competition and add the Halcon jacket to my growing list of Páramo gear. The winning photo was taken in Halong Bay, Vietnam and as you can imagine, there wasn’t much need to a winter coat on that trip!”

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A monkey puzzle mission

Huerquehue National Park, Chile
Araucaria trees (Araucaria araucana), coigue trees (Nothofagus dombeyi), lenga trees (Nothofagus pumilio), ñire trees (Nothofagus antarctica) and Cerro San Sebastian reflected in Laguna El Toro in Autumn, Huerquehue National Park, Chile.

Although my day to day work with Trees for Life is focused on the restoration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland, I have a strong interest in trees and forests elsewhere in the world as well. One of my particular favourites is the forest of araucaria (or monkey puzzle) trees in the southern Andes of Chile and Argentina, which I’ve been visiting since 1977.

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The Little Owl in Britain

Little Owls are amazing birds. They’re only eight inches tall, yet they ooze so much personality. Their quirky behaviours are utterly charming and a sheer joy to watch. Many people are surprised to learn that this much loved owl is not native. Landowners successfully introduced the Little Owl into England during the 1880s; these were brought over from mainland Europe to control ‘garden pests’. After its initial and rapid spread across England and Wales, the Little Owl started to decline from the late 1930s. More recently, this decline has accelerated, with numbers down by 64% in 25 years.

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Keeping dry on a wet hare day

Brown hare

A brown hare sits out in a heavy rain storm on RSPB Havergate island Suffolk

Although living in East Anglia means we have no high peaks to climb, I was certainly thankful for my Páramo clothing on a wild and wet weekend back in November 2015. I’m the main wildlife photography tutor for the company Wild Adventures under Suffolk’s Skies, who run days on the RSPB reserve of Havergate Island in Suffolk. The main attraction of the island is the small population of brown hares that have become quite tolerant of humans although fieldcraft is still essential in order to get close to them. Continue reading